Though not widely thought of as a technology hub, Lagos, Nigeria has a small but passionate video game playing community. Consoles and games are expenses that most players cannot afford and Nigeria's internet infrastructure is generally weak and unreliable, making online gaming difficult. Because of this, local play in gaming centers is the only way that many can experience video games. Local play creates a tightly knit community of gamers in Nigeria. This is in stark contrast to the gamers of the west who are physically alone and randomly assigned to players from across the world during online play.
With browser and smartphone applications, a small group of programmers and developers are distributing games with content that is thoroughly Nigerian. This is important as original interactive media from Africa, let alone Nigeria, is new and not yet wide spread.
This project takes a scatter shot approach to those who create and play video games in Lagos. It is a showcase of many scenarios in which players experience games including: competitions in upper-class gaming centers, gamers together in lower-class establishments, a team of game developers debating and creating Nigeria's gaming future.
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